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. gregory hicks gave an emotional recount of the night of september 12th, 2012. it draws new attention surrounding the attack and how the administration handled its aftermath. >> when ambassador stevens talked to you minutes before he died as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say to you? >> he said, greg, we're under attack. >> did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration? >> no, sir, he did not. >> so fast forward, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice. she blamed the attack on the video and she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. i was embarrassed. >> joining the panel this week, wall street deputy editor damage henningger and brett stevens and jason riley. so dan, what is the single most important takeaway you have from this hearing? >> i guess, paul that there is such a vast distance between what gregory hicks described as happening last night and what the administration described for virtually a week. what gregory hicks described was intense fire fight in benghazi lasting all night invol
in benghazi. gregory hicks, deputy chief in libya, gave an emotional recounting of the night of september 11, 2012. the first public detailing from an on-the-ground official. his testimony draws new attention to the events surrounding the attack and how the administration handled its aftermath. >> when ambassador stevens talked to you perhaps minutes before he died, as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say to you? >> he said, "greg, we're under attack." >> did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration? >> no, sir, he did not. >> so fast forward, mr. hicks, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice. she blamed this attack on a video. in fact, she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. and i was embarrassed. >> joining the panel this week, "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan hanniger, foreign affairs columnist bret stevens, and political diary editor jason riley. dan, what's the single most important takeaway you had from this hearing? >> i guess, paul, it is that there is such a vast dista
gregory hicks. hicks said he requested an f-16 fighter to be sensed to buzz the bengahzi compound in hopes to scare attackers off but was turned down. he was asked that special forces teams could to be sent to bengahzi only to be turned down again. how did the special forces feel about that? >> they were furious. i can only say well, i will quote lt. col. gibson who said this is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than someone in the military. >> john: however in the pentagon spokesman george little said i quote: >> john: but for many conservatives the big question of the day was if any of the testimony could be tie the bengahzi attack to hillary clinton. sense last fall fox news and it's fellow travelers have cleaned the white house knew that the attack was caused by terrorist but was a cover up as the president as a tough leader in the war on terror. susan rice went on talk shows supporting the claim that an anti-video protest had gotten out of hand. >> she blamed this attack on a video, and in fact she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >
. between the attacks in benghazi. between those attacks. gregory hicks, a state department official, posted in tripoli said, he asked for four special forces personnel to be sent to benghazi but was refused. the defense department says the four personnel weren't ready for combat. also, they were needed to defend the embassy in tripoli. a second charge congress will hear tomorrow, also concerns that third time period. the one between the attacks. mr. hicks said he asked for fighter planes to do a flyover of benghazi. he says it would have scared off the terrorists and prevented the second attack. well, defense department says there that the planes stationed over in italy needed to be refueled en route and there was no tanker in the area to do it. let's take on the charges. let's take a look at them. we're joined by andrea mitchell, nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent and host, of course, of "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc. let's get to this first charge. gregory hicks, deputy chief of our embassy in tripoli at the time of the benghazi attack. he told investigators for the house over
phone call i've ever had in my life. he told me pastor stevens passed away. >> gregory hicks is a state department veteran of 22 years. he testified to chairman darryl's committee this week that he's investigating the event 7 months ago when the u.s. was attacked. all militants set fire to the compound until four americans including the u.s. ambassador to libya, jay christopher stevens. second in command was gregory hicks and he was stationed 400 miles away. on wednesday of this week and six hours of testimony mr. hicks described point by point the actions that unfolded that night including frantic phone calls and the frantic brainstorming and how to execute a rescue mission. hicks described the chosen plan. a four man ecoperations team. he says that the team led by lieu tenten kernel gibbson was -- lieutenant kernel gibbson was intercepted and told to stand down. >> i told him to go bring our people home. >> he said he talked on the phone with hillery clinton on the night of the attack. >> question, how much has the revelation done to erode hillery creditability? >> i think it's a seri
and it doesn't interview hillary clinton. it doesn't interview gregory hicks who is the number one in charge when ambassador stevens went down. how is this document any good? how is this? they relied on testimony and it's useless. pickering and mullen, they should be awill shamed of the document. >> you are saying pickering and petraeus, all the bad guys? >> eric: i didn't put petraeus in there, you did. >> these people are great reputation. hillary clinton didn't have anything to say about security i was just listening -- i'm listening to you and people got fired on the basis of this report. >> kimberly: maybe additional people should be terminated permanently. >> dana: couple things two different time lines. there is the political talking point one where the state department spokesperson says this is going to look bad for us. we need to make changes and somebody does their bidding. let me just tell you. i had a job as press secretary but i wasn't that powerful. in communications you don't do anything like wholesale changing of a document like that without somebody in your leadership as the
attack the deputy chief of mission, gregory hicks, knew it was a terrorist attack the ambassador before he died, one of the last words he ever said, we're under attack. martha: really explosive stuff. we also know who these witnesses will be at this testimony this week. security officer eric nordstrom, on the left and gregory hicks, very central character here. he was the number two to ambassador chris stevens. spoke to him as it was unfolding the night of the attack. mark thompson, who we don't have a pick of, he is the from the department's counterterrorism bureau. bill: stephen hayes. a morning to you. piece online on "the weekly standard". >> good morning, bill. >> tell us about the focus of these talking points. before susan rice went on the talk shows on sunday, why is that such a keen part of this investigation? >> well it foes back to the friday before those appearances and what she was going to say. and what you had happen was a request from dutch ruppersberger, the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee for talking points from the intelligence community when publ
on the benghazi terror attack on 9/11 last year. mark thompson, gregory hicks and eric nordstrom have been given their october that day and afterwards. one of the big questions, why did not susan rice call it a terror attack after that day. listen. >> what happened initially it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video that people gathered outside the embassy. then it grew very violent. >> fast forward, mr. hicks, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice. she blamed it on a video, she did five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. i was embarrased. >> dana: greg, you were watching the testimony earlier today, what do you think? >>. >> greg: i have to say media, is president obama's scandal condom. nothing gets through. they catch a break no matter what. hillary should put charles ramsey on her ticket. bob, you said, it is incredible, an amazing story you have the democrats in these hearings carrying more water an fleet of camels. you have media, they see something like this. oh, my god a tr
the county terrorism bureau. eric nordstrom, and gregory hicks game the top u.s. diplomat in libya after the death of our embassador, chris stevens. today hicks recounted the minutes and hours after the attack broke out in benghazi, libya, including what he called the saddest phone call of his life from the prime minister of libya. >> he told me that embassador stevens had passed away. the -- excuse me. our team responded with amazing discipline and courage in tripoli in organizing a withdrawal. i have vivid memories of that. >> the attack on september 11 that year killed sean smith, two former navy seals, tyrone woods and glen doherty. gregory hicks told the house committee until the aftermath of benghazi i loved every day of my job. mike, witnesses confirmed it looked like a terror attack. >> a lot of talk about that. gregory hicks was asked if there was ever talk from a top libyan official about anti-muslim video perhaps the cause of the benghazi attack. he said no, sir. then this exchange. >> when embassador stevens talked to you perhaps minutes before he died, as a dying declaration
attacks, gregory hicks, libya's regional security coordinator eric nordstrom, and state department visual mark thompson all contradicted the white house's version of what took place that day and the white house explanation of its response in the days and weeks that followed did congressional investigators learning key details that have not been publicly obama administration. we learn with a like a response to americans under attack by terrorists and the poor communications between the state department and the pentagon. this confirmed forces were available in tripoli but werr told to stand down before they could embark on a rescue attempt. >> we determined that we needed to send a second team from tripoli to secure the airport for the withdrawal of our personnel from benghazi after the mortar attack did >> or any of u.s. military personnel not permitted to travel on a relief mission to benghazi? >> they were not authorized to travel. >> what happened with those personnel? >> they remained in tripoli with us via lou: we also learned hicks was never contacted by the investor of the united na
of mission, gregory hicks. hicks claims that two of the four americans might have been saved, if he had been able to send four special forces operatives from tripoli to scare off the terrorists. but he said he was overruled by the military. utah congressman jason chafitz is one of the congressman with this. i know gregory hicks has very dramatic testimony, we've read the transcripts. let me pause at what the pentagon is saying and and get your response. the pentagon is saying number one, that the four special forces operatives had to remain in tripoli to guard the embassy there and they were not combat ready and his suggestion as well that there could have been a flyover of f-16s from aviano in italy to buzz the terror attackers and scare them off. wouldn't have worked. because they were five hours away and would have to be refuelled mid-air and there were not refuelers present. has your committee taken that argument into consideration? >> well, sure, that's why we're want to hear testimony from the career foreign service person who is the senior-most person on the ground. this is not a poli
to gregory hicks. >> yeah, i went to tripoli, not to benghazi. just to be clear. >> rose: to the capital of libya. yes. what happens there in the testimony and the fact that the stock market which has a normal procedure for one of its officials to be there and to be involved in these hearings was not allowed to be in the room? >> well, this is very troubling, charlie. i went there about three and a half weeks after the attack. i went to tripoli. we invited the democrats to come with us despite what the state department has said since, or at least the person who used to be at the state department democrats were invited to go, they chose not to go. it was short notice but they chose not to go. the state department sent a minder or babysitter or whatever you want to call it which is somewhat unprecedented and we heard testimony from the chief of mission that he was told that the three people within the state department, there on the ground in libya, were not to meet with me individually and i tell you, as a member of congress on the oversight committee he testified, gregory hicks as a 22 ye
committee he testified, gregory hicks as a 22 year veteran having had a number of congressional delegations come, that had never, ever happened before. and he also testified that when we went sbe a secure classification meeting and that minder from the state department was not able to attend because he didn't have the proper security clearances that the chief of staff to hillary clinton herself callednd chastised this person. that's without precedent. i've talked to people on both sides of the aisle. that's just not right. that's -- that deserves a little bit more. i felt there was a suppression of information while i was there but we're going to have to dive deeper into this. that's not the way you treat the united states congress. >> rose: will you ask cheryl mills to come and testify? >> you know, it's hard to say who. i would welcome everybody. i wish the accountability review board-- which supposedly did this review-- would come testify to us or at least meet with us informally. wee asked them mulple times to do that. they've always denied it. we are 25,000 documents in eight trufrj th
committee. one of them is gregory hicks. he was deputy ambassador at the time of the attacks. he's expected to tell lawmakers not enough was done to stop these terrorist attacks that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. hicks, a 22-year veteran of the state department, told criminal investigators that while the assault on the consulate was occurring, he asked defense officials to zramable a fighter or two over benghazi to scare the insurgents away. the answer, he said, was it's too far away, there is nothing. hicks also said a special forces unit in tripoli was ready to go but was told to stand down. house oversight committee chairman darrell issa. >> this is one of the most disturbing parts of gregory hicks' testimony is that assets were available, they were military in nature, they were best trained, best equipped, and most likely made to save lives, and they were taken off the plane. >> reporter: obama officials say no military resources would have made it in time. the september 11th attack has led to a politically charged debate in washington. in the days after u.n.
through in the person of gregory hicks, a name and face that 4 0 years ago this summer was the watergate hearings where john dean became a household name. and i think we're seeing another case here where even the "washington post" which has not been a fan of the story puts the widow of one of the heroes of benghazi on the front page with gregory hicks in the foreground. a picture's worth a thousand word despite the media blackout. >> and the headline, facts on benghazi withheld, a day after the hearings. people are starting to stoffer the story. >> yes -- discover the story. >> yes, despite tremendous resistance on the part of the mainstream media. they had to go out of their way to make sure they couldn't find any news. even some still said they couldn't find any news in the hearing which is why i want to salute brian preston who found seven kind of astonishing new bits of information that really call into question the administration's credibility. now we have competing sets of allegations about not only what happened before benghazi but much more important in terms of a "cover-up." wha
months ago. nice to see you, sir. >> good to see you. >> why do you want to talk to gregory hicks, who is the number two in the embassy after the ambassador? >> because he's an eyewitness. he's one of the few eyewitnesses. i'm tired of hearing politicians guess at what happened or people theorize. i want to talk to the eyewitnesses and he was in charge after the death of ambassador stevens. in fact, ambassador stevens' dying declaration, full, was made to gregory hicks. he doesn't have a political bone in his body and he's an eyewitness. i want people to hear from him and people can judge for themselves whether this administration has been honest and forthright. >> did the state department designate an investigative body, the a. r. b., did they speak to gregory hicks at all in their investigation? >> they did, but he is not satisfied with that report. he didn't have access to classified information. he didn't have an opportunity to review his testimony afterwards. and the clear implication that he drew from the a. r. b. was that it was calculated to insulate or to protect the higher-up
team there to go to repel the attack. >> we're listening to gregory hicks. he was the deputy chief of mission, the number two diplomat at the u.s. embassy in tripoli, libya, when he got that phone call from then-ambassador chris stevens saying the consulate in benghazi is under attack. and he's explaining what he was going through. we're going to be picking up this story shortly. i want to bring in jake tapper though. he's here in washington with me listening very carefully. this is a politically explosively charged hearing that's underway right now because the upshot of what the chairman, daryl issa and other republicans are suggesting, is simply, a, that the obama administration was inept in dealing with this crisis on the anniversary of 9/11 and later potentially the accusation they're making him engage in a cover-up to make them look better. >> that's right, wolf. but if you strip away the politics, what you have here is a number of state department officials nonpartisan, presumably, mr. hicks being one, eric nordstrom who was the regional security officer at the embassy in tri
. >> you interrued gregory hicks who testified emotionally today, the deputy chief of mission, the last person who we know of to speak to ambassador stevens, and stevens said to him on the phone we are under attack. he still believes, according to the defense attache that they could have gotten help sooner, within two or three hours, not five or six hours as as secretary panetta and others have said from the military. what is your understanding of this? you took testimony from him at your review board. >> andrea, we interrued greg hicks at length. i great admiration for the work he did under enormous pressure. he performed very very well and everybody has complimented him on that. his own testimony in my view makes clear, while he had tomed for aircraft relief and in i were in his position i would have felt the same way, the defense attache and subsequently defense officials make it clear that the aircraft were two to three hours away, but there were no refueling aircraft available. that speaks for itself action and i don't see any contradiction. i don't recall, and i reviewed the testi
to go to benghazi but they were told to stand down. that's the account from diplomat gregory hicks about the attack that killed his boss u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans. three state department witnesses said they were frustrated and angry with the response to the siege during testimony in front of a house committee. the attack happened on then secretary of state hillary clinton's watch last september. the man who replaced her, john kerry, today said he is ready to answer any questions. >> i am absolutely determined that this issue will be answered, will be put to bed, and if there is any culpability in any area, that is appropriate to be handled in some way with some discipline, it will be appropriately handled. >> chief congressional correspondent dana bash joins me now. first the unanswered question about why the military did not do more to aid those helpless, largely defenseless americans in the consulate. it was disputed in an interview with me claims that the military could have done more. okay. we don't have that sound available. in any case he dispute
questioned or gregory hicks, he was number two to ambassador stevens. he was in tripoli on the night of attack and spoke to the ambassador moments before he was murdered. mark thompson that leads the support team. that is the government's on call team to rapidly respond to terrorist incidents and eric nordstrom who was the top security officer leading up to the attack. he talked before the house oversight committee in october of last year. here is a sample what they have revealed on the night of the attack, at times their testimony was emotional. >> i would also like to thank the committee for your continued efforts in in investigating all the details and all the decisions related to the attack on our diplomatic facility. specifically, the committee's to find out what happened prior and during the attack matter, it matters to me personally, and it matters to my colleagues at the state. it matters to the american public for whom we serve. most importantly -- excuse me -- it matters to the friends and family of ambassador stevens, 5 sean smith, glen doherty and tyrone woods that were m
house republicans have released an interview with gregory hicks, at the time the deputy chief of missions, who said he called for military help from four more special forces operatives in tripoli but was overruled. hicks, a diplomat, not a military officer, said i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because i believe the libyans would have split. the pentagon said the commandos had to stay and defend the embassy in tripoli and were not prepared for a combat assault mission. as for buzzing the benghazi consulate with fighter jets to scatter the attackers, the closest f-16s were in italy or at least five hours away. for months republicans have charged cover-up. last january hillary clinton took the blame but also pushed back. >> what difference, at this point, does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: now house rep
tripoli but couldn't stop the onslaught. house republicans released an interview with gregory hicks the deputy chief of mission at the time and said he called for military help from four more special forces operatives in tripoli but was overruled. hicks a diplomat not a military officer said, i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because i believe the libyans would have split. the pentagon said commandos had to stay and defend the embassy and were not prepared for a combat assault mission. as for buzzing the benghazi consulate with fighter jets to scatter the attackers, the closest f-16s were in italy or at least five hours away. for months republicans charged cover-up. last january hillary clinton took the blame but pushed back. >> what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: house republica
. that testimony coming from gregory hicks. he was the no. 2 diplomat in libya when a consulate was set up and attacked last fall. two ambassadors were killed. now in this testimony, we have a preview of what he's going to say today. hicks said there were special operations force, four available in tripoli. he asked for them and the military denied him. the state department saying those forces were needed to protect the embassy in tripoli. he also says he wanted jets scrambled overhead in benghazi to try to deter the attackers, but the military says that also was not possible because it would have taken them five hours to get there. they didn't have a midair refueler tank available. nevertheless, it is expected to be explosive testimony today. those lawmakers digging into whether the panel that investigated benghazi have as the panel chairs would say unfettered access to everyone who needed to testify. they're questioning whether or not people who had testimony on this were held back. we'll hear more on that today. >> all right, nbc news' tracy potts live in washington. thank you so much.
we'll hear from gregory hicks who argues if he had gotten the help he asked for, those last two deaths which happened much later in the attack, early in the morning, may have been prevented. also today at that hearing, some lawmakers questioning whether or not the panel that looked into this, that review board, actually got access to everyone who needed to talk about it to all of the documents. the board's chairs in a statement say they did, but there's skepticism here on capitol hill as that hearing gets under way today. dara? >> thanks, tracie. >>> president obamas the costs would be severe if the u.s. did not intervene in syria's civil war, but he says the answers won't come easy. >> my job is to constantly measure our humanitarian efforts in syria. >> the crisis has recently intensified. the white house also believes the government of bashar al assad and not syrian rebels probably used chemical weapons against its people. an estimated 70,000 people have been killed so far in that bloody conflict. >>> choice words from president obama as the pentagon releases new numbers on s
, of course, u.s. ambassador and bay area native christopher stevens. the former deputy in libya gregory hicks asked for help from special forces after the attacks that night but the military flat out turned him down. he claims the death of those two americans could have been prevented. >> back here in the bay area, the certainly is on for whoever shot bullets through an oakland fire station damaging some windows. take a look at these photos. the oakland fire department tweeted late last night. the caption said firefighters had to dive for cover as the bullets passed through one window and out the opposite side of the garage. no one was hurt. >>> investigators are trying to figure out the cause of an early morning fire. flames broke out about 2:25 at merritt bakery. it took crews two hours to put out the flames. there are no reports of injuries. this is not the first time the bakery caught fire. back in 2006, the flames caused about $150,000 in damage. the merritt bakery and restaurant first opened back in 195 3. >>> some good news, two of the four survivors in the limousine fire on the san ma
was the sheer emotion as we heard from ambassador stevens's second in command. gregory hicks, a career diplomat was holding down the fort at the embassy in tripoli last september 11 when he reached ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. >> i got the ambassador on the other end. he said, greg, we're under attack. >> reporter: the line went dead. he called washington as the benghazi mission was overtaken by terrorists. at 3:00 a.m. libya's prime minister called. >> i think it's the saddest phone call i have ever had in my life. he told me that ambassador stevens had passed away. >> reporter: today emotions were still raw. >> it matters to the american public for whom we serve and most importantly -- excuse me. it matters to the friends and family of -- ambassador stevens, sean smith, glen doherty and tyrone woods who were murdered on september 11, 2012. >> reporter: after hearings last fall and winter a damning report by an independent review board hillary clinton took the blame in january. >> i take responsibility. >> reporter: today house republicans said clinton and the review board didn't go f
physically possible that would have been a very good choice. bill: one more thing from gregory hicks. listen to this. it runs 19 seconds. >> the response team from the annex in benghazi, six individuals, drove the attackers out of our compound and secured it temporarily. there have been estimates as high as 60 attackers were in the compound at one particular time. bill: when he says 60, you think this is highly organized and quite possibly was. the and your reaction has been primarily from a military standpoint. and if you're satisfied with the logic that you now are placing together to piece the events together, what are the remaining questions you have for how the government responded after that i think that is critical now. >> no, it is. bill, you've got it just right. what happened in those seven to eight hours, tragic but you don't have to do anything wrong to have things bad happen in that period. i'm worried about what we call left of bang. as i said, why do you put them in those circumstances? why do you have such terrible choices? now equally important as you suggest is right of ban
correspondent andrea mitchell reports. >> reporter: gregory hicks a career diplomat was holding down the fort in tripoli last september 11th when he reached chris stevens in benghazi. >> i got the ambassador and he said greg we're under attack. >> reporter: the line went dead. he called washington. as the benghazi mission was overtaken by terrorists. at 3:00 a.m. libya's prime minister called. >> i think it's the saddest phone call i've ever had in my life. he told me that ambassador stevens had passed away. >> reporter: after hearing last fall and winter a damning report by an independent review board, hillary clinton took the blame in january. >> i take responsibility. >> reporter: but house republicans said clinton and the review board didn't go far enough with that admission. >> i find it stunning that four and a half months after the attack secretary clinton still has the gall to say it wasn't us. >> reporter: as the attack raged on in a second assault on a cia outpost, hicks testified he and a defense attache tried to send four more special forces to benghazi and pleaded for air support
, unforeseeable response to a video when in fact gregory hicks, the number two buy in the mission, said during the hearing on wednesday the video was a nonevent in libya. martha: chris, one of the troublesome things, there is many, but one of the troublesome things i see here they were so specific. they wanted so much to parrot down to that spontaneous protest that sort of grew into something else. when at that point it would have been very open to them to say look, there is lot of things going on, we know we're concerned about eastern groups in libya. we know there are a lot of loose arms around there, they could have broadened the span of what the possibilities were. wouldn't that have sort of exonerated them or protected them down the a rode a little bit as all this is concerned? >> as you ask the question, my response is hindsight is 20/20. martha: of course. >> a lot of this stuff looks in retrospect a bad idea. i have to say on "fox news sunday" because the president of libya came out that morning said it was a preplanned terrorist attack, i asked specifically susan rice about that quest
point out and salute diplomats like gregory hicks and others that don't get a lot of credit. their uniforms are jackets and ties, women's dresses from ralph lauren. they don't have armament or training and they are out there putting their lives on the line for all of us. >> absolutely. >> ambassador, great to see you. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> fascinating interview, eric, thank you. >>> the white house isn't the only one taking new heat on benghazi as former secretary of state hillary clinton receives special criticism this holiday weekend. it comes from the mother of one of the four americans killed in that attack. listen. >> i'm still waiting for answers to just about everything. i do want to say one thing, though. i want to wish hillary a happy mother's day. she's got her child. i don't have mine because of her. >> so compelling. pat smith is the mother of shawn smith, information over killed in the attack. she's blamed secretary clinton directly for the death of all the americans that were killed that day. >> while miss smith has written letters directly to mem
in benghazi last year that killed four americans including christopher stevens. here is his deputy, gregory hicks. >> i had the ambassador on the other end and he said, gregg, we are under attack. >> in tripoli at the time of attack, he said he wanted to send a special forces team to benghazi, but was turned down. >> how did the personnel react to being told they were standing down? curious. >> asked about susan rice's mments that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest, hicks says he's that -- says that he was stunned. he was later demoted to a desk job. on fox news, charles, i heard you ask about the commander in chief's role in all this. >> it would be nice to have a time line for what he did from the be from -- briefing he had to the many hours and the deaths. where was he, who did he speak to, what orders were given? what we are learning from the testimony of hicks and others is the cover-up of the story -- you have to ask yourself, what was even the crime? but the attempt to deflect any blame of what happened began within hours of the attack. when you heard hicks say that t
like gregory hicks who told congress last week he asked for more help during the benghazi attack and was denied. but some question whether this investigation is headed in the right direction. >> i would much rather get into an investigation of the groups that threaten the u.s., how we can figure out who they are and how we can stop them. >> reporter: democrats accusing republicans of going after hillary clinton just because she's a possible presidential candidate. dara? >> thank you. >>> a plea for privacy from the three women at the center of the cleveland kidnapping case. amanda berry, dejesus and knight say they are grateful for the support and they're happy now, but they need time to heal. >> there may be a time at some point in the future that berry, dejesus and knight will want to tell their stories. let me make this very clear. that will not be while the criminal proceeding is pending, and it will not be until they tell us they are ready to do so. >> investigators believe ariel castro held the women as prisoners in his home for upwards of a decade. he is being held on $8 m
to the matter at hand. most riveting testimony yesterday was gregory hicks second in command in libya under the slain ambassador christopher stephens. mr. hidges described in visited detail how he tried to get help for the americans under siege in benghazi but was not able to secure cooperation in washington. after showing his displeasure with that, gregory hicks was demoted by hillary clinton. that is unacceptable. honest government is the corner stone of our democracy. there is no question, no question the state department screwed up in libya and mr. hicks, by all indications told the truth. and he was punished for doing that? disgraceful. today speaker of the house john boehner said congress would continue its investigation and hillary clinton certainly needs to come back to testify. mrs. clinton is up to her eyeballs in this. of course, this has political implications for the democratic party because she may very well run for president in 2016. bottom line, americans need to know the truth about what happened in benghazi, why our government mislead the world, and why they did not respon
in nordstrom, gregory hicks. he took a frantic call from stevens when terrorists stormed the consulate. he reported an attack from the get go to folks back at home and not a demonstration. friday we told you about the weekly standard reporting on how the administration changed the talking points in the days after the attack and the sunday shows. it is not just republicans critical of obama's team for that. here is steven lynch on "fox news sunday." >> it was scrubbed. it was inaccurate. you are right. there is no excuse for that. there was false information. >> so maybe i will start with bob today. bob, you said -- you accused us of being obsessed with benghazi, but does it turn out there was more to the story than the liberals thought? >> it is more of the story from the beginning. it has been badly handled. it is clear the talking points were centered around a the cia. the state department changed it. by the time we got to the white house it had been altered some more. i haven't been critical of talking about benghazi. what i have been critical about is the lack of the new information an
. an excerpt of an interview with gregory hicks from april 11th. so from last month saying the house oversight and government reform committee releasing this partial transcript of an interview hicks telling investigators that a team of special forces troops was ordered not to fly from tripoli to benghazi during the attack by u.s. special operations command south africa. hicks is scheduled to testify at this open hearing on benghazi attacks. he said if he was able to, he believes, if the u.s. had been able to scramble a fighter or an aircraft in that area, that things would have turned out much differently. so how important do you think that the diplomat gregory hicks' testimony will be on wednesday? >> we'll see. i wouldn't be surprised if it more sensational than the testimony would be. after all, admiral mullen and pickering who led this review and board who talked to dozens and dozens of witnesses and went through thousands and thousands of pages of materials, their conclusion was the decisions, whether to intervene militarily, what was capable of being done within the time frame were all d
with this video. >> congressman ice saw, that's two weeks after. now i don't want to laugh, and gregory hicks is saying they knew from the getgo. and yet these -- you were denied access to these witnesses. were those statements concerted lies, in your opinion? >> i think not only were they untrue and no one to be untrue, but these brave individuals, particularly gregory hicks, coming forward, putting his career on the line to say i told them this was an attack, i tried to tell them consistently, he even talks in his testimony about calling the state department and saying that what susan rice couldn't have been true. how did they do it? and he said that his -- his statements were unwanted. and that ever since then it's been even harder on him. this is the kind of thing that you see and you don't believe u don't believe the denials, the delays, and then the outright count air tax. you understand the administration, including jay carney; on the attack trying to claim that the whistle blowers are somehow disgruntled or lying. this kind of attack is what we expect. it's one of the reason that the
of them gregory hicks the number two off facial will say this was not a terrorist attack. >> these brave vined you'lls particularly gregory hicks coming forward putting his career on the line saying i told them i tried to tell them consistently he talks in the testimony about calling the state department and saying what susan rice says couldn't have been true. >> that's a reference to then ambassador susan rice. that's questions about military sponsor lack there of and the same whistleblower already told congressional investigators that u.s. response teams were told to effectively stand down. the state department meantime says this hearing is all about politics. >> this is not a process where the community is working directly with us and trying to look as we keep safe in a complex environment. >> the role of then u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton two state department employees say he effectively tried to minimize the role of the counter-terrorism department within the state department in the aftermath of the attack. >>> doug luzader live in washington. thank you. >> the time now is
in libya, state department official gregory hicks took on that question. >> when ambassador stevens talked to you, perhaps minutes before he died, as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say to you? >> he said, greg, we're under attack. >> did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration? >> no, sir, he did not. >> so fast forward, mr. hicks, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice, she blamed this attack on a video. in fact, she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. and i was embarrassed. >> did she talk to you before she went on the five sunday talk shows? >> no, sir. >> bill: mr. hicks was in tripoli during the attacks and says he felt powerless to help the ambassador. >> i asked the defense attache who had been talking with after -- africom and joint staff. will anything be coming? will they be sending us any help? is there something out there? and he answered that, the nearest help was in aviano. the nearest where there were fighter planes. it will take two to three hours for them to get on site but th
during the hearing which lasted a better half of the day. the three men gregory hicks marc thompson and eric nordstrom the deputy chief of the mission when the attacks unfolded and through out the night evidences in communication with ambassador chris stevens. the last hours of his life he says watching the administration handles the days after the attack. >> ambassador susan rice blamed the attacks on the video, in fact she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped and i was embarrassed. >> did she talk to you before she went on the five sunday talk shows. >> you were the highest ranking officials. >> did she have a conversation with you before she went on national television? >> no, sir. >> he asked the state department for more resources and support from the past. nordstrom was a top security officer in the months leading up to the attacks. he reacted to the moment when then secretary hillary clinton testified about the assault. at one point she said it didn't make a difference how the americans died that night. >> it matters to
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